Quick and Easy Fall Decor

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Are you ready for Fall? Ladies I have to admit that I haven’t done a thing yet to prepare for Fall myself. I do love the Fall season, it’s not that. It is just that when Fall arrives Winter too soon follows. Yes, it happens that way every year….But to be perfectly honest with you, I do have to confess that I have been surfing several blogs and pinterest to gather Fall decorating ideas. I have been on the look out for quick and easy Fall décor, creative projects that are not too time consuming. And if I can use  objects that I already have around the house, all the better.

quick and easy fall decorsource

I hope you don’t mind me sharing a few of the favourites that I have gathered for my own pinterest board. Let’s start with Indian corn, I love it. And this centerpiece is just so simple, rustic, yet beautiful.  I just happen to have Indian corn too. I bought a few ears of the corn probably ten years ago. I just pack it away in my tote marked ‘Fall’ every season and it has remained in good shape throughout all of the years.

quick and easy fall decorsource

Now if only I had a few pallets lying around I could make this awesome sign.  The blogger who created this has even provided a tutorial for this on her site. Check it out.

quick and easy fall decorsource

Here’s a very cute pumpkin.

quick and easy fall decorsource

quick and easy fall decor

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quick and easy fall decor

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If you are a Canadian you will especially love this one, the maple leaf from our flag! Okay ladies, I have provided you with several of my favourite quick and easy fall décor ideas. Are you tempted to try any? I know I am. Which one will I make? Well, that’s a secret. You will just have to stay tuned to find out!

quick and easy fall decor

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Homemade Blueberry Jam In Five Minutes

homemade Blueberry Jam In Five Minutes

Did you know that you can whip up a batch of homemade blueberry jam in five minutes? Well neither did I. A few weeks ago while shopping for canning jars I ran across a product labeled Sugar Free Freezer Jam Pectin. Several months ago I had changed my diet and I now no longer consume sugar (I use stevia). No sugar for me does not mean giving up sweets altogether but looking for an alternative way to make the foods that I love, like blueberry jam. I found using the Sugar Free Freezer Jam Pectin to be the perfect and easy way to adapt my favourite blueberry jam recipe.

homemade blueberry jam in five minutes

Here’s how I made homemade blueberry jam in five minutes. First you want to wash your blueberries. That’s a no brainer. Shake off any excess water from the blueberries. Then measure 2 cups of the fruit and pour it into your blender. This will fill one half a pint jar. My blender is a Ninja but any brand that you prefer to use will work fine. Next add 1 tbsp. of the pectin and blend. It is so simple.

homemade blueberry jam in five minutes

Leave the jam to sit for a minute in the blender. When you go to transfer it to your jars you will have this beautiful and thick blueberry jam. You can freeze the jam in the jars, just be sure you leave a little space in the top for expansion. I keep mine in the refrigerator because I eat it almost daily, so it disappears fast!

blueberry jam in five minutes

Being forced to give up sugar was extremely hard for me. At first I ate only fresh fruit. But now after doing much research I am finding a lot of alternative ways to alter my favourite baking recipes. If you would like I will occasionally share my recipes with you. Let me know if you are interested.

homemade blueberry jam in 5 minutes

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Harvesting Lavender

harvesting lavender

For many years I had dreamed of the day when I could walk out to my own little herb garden to harvest my very own lavender.  I would envision myself harvesting lavender, filling baskets and baskets full of this sweetly aromatic herb. While thumbing through a magazine one day I came across some very impressive pictures with fields of lavender, no doubt they were lavender farms!  This prompted me to begin planning, not of fields of lavender for myself, but at least a decent sized border row all along one side of our property. You know, much like a farmers tree hedge row, only with lavender.

harvesting lavender

 Fast forward to today and here I am ladies harvesting lavender!  Yes, my very own lavender. It’s not a row of lavender yet, but hope does spring eternal that someday it will be. My figuring was that if I didn’t kill these first two plants this year then I’ll buy a few more every year until I finally have that row of lavender.

harvesting lavender

 I harvested  two plants of lavender and this is what it yielded.  Admittedly it doesn’t look like much. But I am hopeful that I will be surprised by how much it actually amounts to when it is dried.

harvesting lavender

harvesting lavender

harvesting lavender

To make a simple drying rack for the lavender just paint an old picture frame. Next replace the glass with utility wire fencing or even chicken wire could work.

lavender harvesting

I have hung my drying rack in the kitchen out of the direct sunlight. Not only is it pretty, but it smells fabulous!

harvesting lavender

Within hours I realised that the lavender was drying fast so I added a t-towel to the bottom of my frame to catch what had already dried.

harvesting lavender

Within one day I had already harvested a half of a pint of lavender. I am so excited that I now have lavender to use for sugar scrub and sachet that I want to make for gifts. I hope that this inspires you to add lavender to your herb garden. It is so fragrant, so pretty and so easy to harvest!

Blessings to all-Kimberly

harvesting lavender

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Chalk Painting a Milk Jug

CHALK PAINTING A MILK JUG

I have had an old Kalamazoo milk jug hiding in my cabinet for years that needed a face lift. Finally I came up with the idea of chalk painting a milk jug! I have seen so many Mason jars painted that look so nice in a farmhouse kitchen so I knew I couldn’t go wrong trying this application on my milk jug. 

chalk painting a milk jug

The first thing I did was tape the top of the milk jug with green painting tape.  You will want something that sticks well and will result in a very sharp line, not allowing any leakage of the paint. Using painting tape will make it easy to remove after you are finished too.

chalk painting a milk jug

The next step is to chalk paint the entire surface of the milk jug from the tape mark down. Notice how nicely the lettering is showing through now that it has been painted? It was hardly visible when the glass was clear. If you don’t have a chalk paint recipe here is Plaster of Paris recipe that I prefer to use:

chalk painting a milk jug

chalk painting a milk jug

After the chalk paint dried I went back carefully with my fingernail and scraped the paint off of all of the lettering. Probably a fine sand paper might do the job just as well but I was afraid that I would end up sanding off areas besides the lettering and then have to go back and repaint again! This just seemed like a more accurate way to do it to me.

chalk painting a jug

There you have it, a new flower vase for your farmhouse kitchen! I can see myself using this vase for all seasons of  decorating. I think it will even look nice on it’s own (flower free) added to a farmhouse vignette. How would you use it in your home?

Blessings-Kimberly

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Easy to Make Sign

Easy Bedroom Sign

Here, my friends, is my version of an easy to make sign. I made it especially to hang over our bed. It reminds me of a favourite old Randy Travis song, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” here.

easy to make sign

Here is how to created this easy to make sign: Begin by removing the glass in an old picture frame. Mine was free!  Next cover the picture with a piece of leftover painter’s cloth or burlap if you like. You don’t need to glue this if you allow a half of an inch extra on all sides. It will lay nicely inside the frame without the use of glue.  I copied my letters from picmonkey right off of my laptop screen. You can print them on paper if you don’t mind using the ink required for this. I find it unnecessary unless it is something I am going to make more than one copy of. Now trace your lettering to the cloth with a heat removable marking pen. The ink will disappear from heat of your iron.

easy to make sign

This is an easy to make sign because it doesn’t even require paint.

easy to make sign

I used chalk! So easy and simple.

easy to make sign

For my easy to make sign I added a tarnished brass #4 and two wooden birds recycled from another old sign I was no longer using. Be creative here and make it your own. I had considered a small vase to hold flowers in the center as a possibility.

easy to make sign

Here is how my sign looks hanging over my bed. And it only took a few hours to make.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

Gather Ye Wildflowers While Ye May

Robert Herrick 1591-1674-Gather Ye Rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he’s a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he’s to setting.

Oh my, I could not have put it any better. Yesterday as I wandered about my surroundings capturing just a few last shots of the flower blooms before they turn to seed, this quote swirled through my mind. I am not ready to relinquish summer just yet! I can see that many are already embracing Fall. I am not there yet.

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

Living in the North it takes many of our flowers much longer to bloom.

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

And there life span is way too short.

gather ye rosebuds while ye may

gather ye rosebuds while ye may

gather ye rosebuds while ye may

gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Tell me, are you yearning for Fall already? Or are you, like me, hoping Summer will not give in so soon to Fall’s clutches?

To see one way that I like to display my roses view here.